Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter” keeps rolling along, but
ratings don’t seem to be getting any better.
Despite featuring a first-round lightweight matchup that required a
“sudden victory” round, Episode 7 of “TUF Live” drew an average of
1 million viewers to FX on Friday night, according to an industry
That figure is in line with ratings for most of the season, which
peaked at 1.3 million viewers for the season premiere and hit a
low-water mark of 947,000 viewers for its fifth episode. The
ratings for Episode 7 tied it with Episode 6 for the second-lowest
numbers of the season.
Featuring UFC bantamweight champion Dominick
Cruz and former WEC featherweight king Urijah Faber
as rival coaches, “TUF 15” is the first iteration of the reality
series to feature live fights at the end of each show. Due to the
live format, taping has been extended from six weeks in previous
installments to 13 weeks for the current season. The first 14
seasons of the show aired on Spike TV.
On Friday, Team Cruz’s Vinc Pichel
submitted Team Faber’s John Cofer
with an arm-triangle choke 44 seconds into the third round. This
Friday, Sam Sicilia
will square off with Chris
Saunders in another first-round matchup.